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Qatar Public Holidays

27 January 2020

Given here is the list of Qatar Public holidays 2020. The Islamic festivals are based on Islamic calendar, determined by various moon phase sighting. The dates of the holidays change every year. The Qatar Public Holidays 2019 calendar is only based on estimates. The Qatar holiday calendar cannot be guaranteed for 100 percent accuracy. The below holiday calendar specifies national and public sector holidays only. Although private companies will also be closed for the same occasions, the number of working days in private sector is decided by the respective companies.

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International New Year's Day

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

National Sports Day

Tuesday, 11th February 2020

Early March Bank Holiday (only for Banks)

Sunday, 1st March 2020

Eid Al Fitr (Date yet to be confirmed) (public holidays)

Sunday, 24th May 2020 to Thursday, 28th May, 2020

Eid Al Adha (Dates yet to be confirmed) (public holidays)

Thursday, 30th July 2020 to Tuesday, 4th August 2020

Qatar National Day – (Founder's day) (public holiday)

Friday, 18th December 2020

Note:

  • Exact dates of Islamic Calendar are subject to moon sightings and may differ based on the date given.
  • The weekend in Qatar is Friday and Saturday.
  • Holidays are sometimes subject to arbitrary last minute changes by local authorities, just as in any other part of the world. Although, effort has been made to present an accurate list of holidays for the year 2020, we cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omission of data herein. Therefore, you can verify the above dates with the embassy before planning a trip to Qatar.

Major Religious Holidays in Qatar

There are two major religious celebrations in Qatar – Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha, and these are also the major public holidays.

While Eid al Fitr is the end of fasting month of Ramadan, the Eid al Adha follows approximately 70 days after Eid al Fitr. Eid al Fitr happens to fall on the ninth month of Islamic calendar, which is based on the lunar months. Therefore, the dates are not fixed. The holidays are determined only a day in advance.

During the lunar month of Ramadan, which precedes Eid Al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and there may be interruptions in normal business patterns. Several restaurants are closed during the day and there could be restrictions on smoking and drinking. This could last from two to ten days, depending on the region.

It is worthwhile to note that the weekend in Qatar runs over Friday and Saturday, with Friday being the main day of religious observance. Some businesses may work half a day on Thursday and then shut down for all of Friday. Some smaller shops may be shut all of Friday, or may open only after the afternoon call to prayer. Further, Qatar being a Muslim nation, expats may not get the traditional holidays for Christmas, New Year and Easter days.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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